May 9 and 10, 2020- Doubts and light at the end of the tunnel

Hello May,

yes, on Saturday I had a bad mood: no sign of my colleague who proposed a collaboration. Maybe she didn’t like my work, maybe I tried for nothing…

I kind of felt disempowered. …

And on top of that … family issues…

But Sunday, was another day!

I started with Beatles: Here comes the sun!

And apparently, it’s. good choice!

My colleague responded: there is an interest from an editor, but we need to work out something by the end of May… OMG!

May 7 and 8, 2020- Day 4 and 5- Great instead of High Expectations

May hello,

two very busy days and my hopes got up a little bit with a possibility for a collaboration. There is an artist I met last year and she invited me to participate to a collective project. It seems good and this person is trustworthy, I think.

So, I put myself to work for it.

Let’s see how it goes.

I was so excited to work on something creative and inspiring again!

Almost afraid to raise my expectations for fear of disappointment (what I learn in CBT).

Barnes And Noble Flexibound Classics: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

May 6, 2020- Day 3, CBT training and empowerment

Hello May,

with a lot of different demands, I kind of stressed up to add this CBT training. Funny, isn’t it? I kind of looked at the number of the chapters and went, oh, no, is this going to take me all this time?

In reality, I wanted to finish fast and easy. Or, I thought it already knew most of the things which needed to be learnt, and I felt I would be finishing in a week or so.

Expectations is something which leads to disappointment, apparently, so I could just enjoy the drive, by taking one class a day and seeing where this is going to lead me.

I also started criticising the poor teacher, deciding if he looked trustworthy enough or not, for me to listen to his message.

Something which was apparently, anticipated.

The essential thing is to apply these ideas to myself:

So, April, I can say to myself, lay back and enjoy the ride.

Expectations

May 3, 2020- How to change disappointment into motivation and action

Hello May,

I woke up with the best intentions, walked by myself, had coffee, and then it hit me: a negative answer from a publisher on a piece of work. A piece I have worked and worked over for several years.

Not to mention, it has been rejected a few times.

I can’t describe my feelings. Anger, he doesn’t understand, feeling miserable for myself, here is where I ended with all these rejections… more general statements about my life etc.

Then, I thought: let’s change that.

Indeed, I need to do something differently.

To begin with, to tell myself: I DESERVE THE BEST IN LIFE, as everybody else.

Why?

Try, why not?

Planet Earth is bountiful.

So, second step: I need help. Let’s go around and ask for some.

Let’s identify people who could help me.

Then, get some chocolate.

And also, think whether there is a better strategy.

There is something simple which could be done in a different way.

Something which is related to the packaging.

And let’s dance a bit!

And let’s also do something I like a lot, like, write a new poem

Check on Art:

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May 2, 2020- How to stay Open-minded in lockdown- Josef Albers

Hello May,

how do we stay OPEN in lockdown? Artwork, could be the answer! This is the work “Open” by Josef Albers from the free online collection of the Guggenheim museum. Let’s take a walk there.

Saturday almost morning, and after my second coffee and finding the right recipe for lunch, I get back to a busy weekend. I am going to mark some papers, so all my attention and focus is needed.

Have a nice Saturday also, whatever you do!

 

Open (b)

Josef Albers, Open (b), December 1940. Oil on Masonite, 19 7/8 x 19 5/8 inches (50.5 x 49.8 cm)

May 1st, 2020- On planing our day and keeping faith

Hello May,

and Welcome! Isn’t it different this year, with nature blooming and many people still in lockdown and unsure about how things will turn out!

A friend mentioned that if you don’t have a job from home it’s difficult, if you have one, it might be tricky also to concentrate and do it properly.

So, how do we keep our motivation and faith in the future when it looks so insecure and scary? What to do?

Morning rituals are important, starting by taking care of ourselves, being clean, wearing a face mask, shaving for guys, dressing up to like what we see.

Write down some goals even if they seem difficult to achieve.

Learn something new online and stick to it daily.

More or less, create a schedule and try to implement it the best we can.

Congratulate ourselves for our successes,

Try better when we observe shortcomings.

Adapt some details when something unexpected comes up.

Ask for help.

Identify who could help us and then ask for help.

All of these together.

Observe a flower.

Have a nice month!

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April 29, 2020- Cut down the old and allow the new to grow! On Flourishing!

Hello April,

Spring is hear, and this is a period to flourish for everyone: I observe the rose plant in my terrace, there are some dry branches but I can’t cut them because I don’t have a tool. And new life is pushing from beneath, but if this dead and dry wood is not cut, she can’t flourish as she could have.

With lockdown and all, I am not exactly ready for garden shopping; maybe I should try to find something on line.

But overall, this is teaching us a lesson.

If we want to flourish, we need to cut the dead wood, the habits, ideas, objects, relationships and parts of ourselves which are no longer “alive”.

To allow new life to take its course and to be able to FLOURISH!!!

Boréale

April 26, 2020- Sunday morning

Hello April,

is it logical to have a Sunday plan? Sunday is a day to relax, pray, … but not work. And yet, I have agreed to write a small report as an exchange for a makeover of my CV.

So, instead of a crazy Saturday night, I am making a plan for Sunday.

Ideally, wake up at 7.00- in reality, it was 8.00

Exercise, breath, interact with the cat (this is the cat’s choice- she found a way into my plan)

Working on my art students portfolio

taking a break

having something to eat

get back to a report I am to write

and interact with friends and mentors.

Have chocolate

and enjoy!